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Ice-Cold Therapy: The Surprising Benefits of Cold Baths for Muscle Recovery and Inflammation

Article by Katie Pierce
April 27, 2023

Most are likely familiar with that muscle soreness after a challenging workout. You push yourself to the limit, and the next day, your muscles are stiff, aching, and begging for some relief. While there are many ways to address muscle recovery and inflammation, one method that has gained popularity in recent years is ice-cold therapy.

This age-old technique of submerging your body in cold water has been used by professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike to help speed up recovery, reduce inflammation, and improve overall well-being.

But how exactly does it work, and what are the benefits?

Is an ice-cold bath good for muscles?

Can submerging yourself in freezing cold water really have any positive effect on your body? The answer may surprise you.

Yes, an ice-cold bath can be highly beneficial for your muscles. In fact, cold therapy has been used for centuries to aid in recovery, reduce inflammation, and improve overall well-being. Cold water immersion, or cryotherapy, has gained popularity in recent years for its numerous advantages. Let’s dive into the science behind this chilly treatment and explore how it can help your muscles recover more efficiently.

How does ice-cold water help with muscle recovery?

One of the key factors in muscle recovery is reducing inflammation and swelling. After you exercise, your muscles create microscopic tears—and when that happens, inflammation and soreness can occur.

Cold therapy helps your body combat this inflammation by constricting blood vessels, improving blood flow, and reducing muscle activity. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

In addition to the above, ice-cold baths can offer a multitude of other benefits that will be discussed in the next sections, such as improving sleep quality, reducing muscle damage, and even supporting healthy tendons.

So, if you’re ready to give your muscles the recovery boost they need, it might be time to consider incorporating ice baths into your post-workout routine. And while you’re at it, why not check out some bath remodeling tips to create the perfect space for your new recovery ritual?

What are the benefits of cold baths for muscle recovery and inflammation?

Since the human body is designed to heal itself, it only makes sense to give it the best environment and treatments possible. And when it comes to muscle recovery and inflammation, a cold bath can help accomplish exactly that!

Here are some of the most notable benefits of cold baths for muscle recovery and inflammation:

Lessens workout soreness by tightening blood vessels

You know that feeling when your muscles are so sore that it hurts to move? This is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), and it’s a common side effect of intense exercise. Good news: ice-cold baths can help alleviate this discomfort. When you immerse yourself in cold water, your blood vessels constrict, which reduces blood flow to your muscles. This process, known as vasoconstriction, can help decrease inflammation and, in turn, lessen muscle soreness.

Helps muscles recover faster with better blood flow

While it might seem counterintuitive, cold water immersion can actually improve blood flow in the long run. After you get out of the icy bath, your blood vessels rapidly dilate, leading to increased blood flow. This boost in circulation delivers more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, helping them repair and recover more quickly. It’s like giving your muscles a jump start on the road to recovery!

Lowers swelling by blocking inflammation triggers

Let’s be honest, no one likes feeling swollen and puffy after a workout. So, what if you could reduce this inflammation just by taking a cold bath? When you expose your body to cold temperatures, it blocks the release of certain inflammation triggers, such as cytokines and histamines.

This, in turn, reduces swelling and helps your muscles recover more efficiently. In fact, this benefit is so powerful that many athletes even use ice baths when working out while on their period to help manage inflammation and discomfort.

Speeds up healing by clearing out waste faster

As we mentioned earlier, intense exercise can cause microscopic tears in your muscles. This damage leads to the release of waste products, such as lactic acid, which can contribute to muscle fatigue and soreness.

Cold water immersion helps your body clear out these waste products more quickly by boosting lymphatic drainage. This means that your muscles can get back to their best shape in no time!

Improves sleep, which helps muscles repair

We all know how important sleep is for overall health and well-being, but did you know that it’s also essential for muscle recovery? During sleep, your body releases growth hormones that help repair damaged tissue and build new muscle fibers. By taking a cold bath, you can improve your sleep quality and help your muscles recover even more efficiently.

Cold water can stimulate the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle. So not only will you be giving your muscles a helping hand, but you’ll also be setting yourself up for a better night’s sleep. Talk about a win-win situation!

Benefits joints by making joint fluid less sticky

Who knew that taking a cold bath could also benefit your joints? When you submerge yourself in cold water, the temperature causes your synovial fluid, which lubricates your joints, to become less viscous.

This allows your joints to move more freely and with less friction, reducing pain and stiffness. So, not only are you helping your muscles, but you’re also supporting your joints in the process.

Boosts cell repair with special cold-activated proteins

Cold water immersion doesn’t just help your muscles and joints; it also has a positive effect on the cellular level. When your body is exposed to cold temperatures, it produces special proteins called cold-shock proteins.

These proteins help repair damaged cells and promote the growth of new ones, speeding up the recovery process. It’s like giving your body a cellular boost, helping you feel better and stronger in no time.

Prevents muscle cramps by calming muscle activity

Muscle cramps can be a real pain, especially when they happen during or after an intense workout. Fortunately, cold baths can help prevent these cramps by calming muscle activity.

When your muscles are exposed to cold temperatures, they become less excitable, reducing the likelihood of muscle cramps. So, not only do ice baths help with recovery, but they can also save you from those pesky cramps!

Supports healthy tendons with improved blood flow

Your tendons are essential for connecting your muscles to your bones, and they need some TLC too! Improved blood flow from cold water immersion not only helps your muscles but also benefits your tendons.

The increased circulation provides your tendons with the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy. This can help prevent tendon injuries and improve overall joint health.

Reduces muscle damage from exercise stress

Intense workouts can lead to oxidative stress, which can damage your muscles and hinder recovery. Surprisingly, combining cannabis and cold baths has been reported to provide a synergistic effect in combating this stress.

Cold baths help by reducing inflammation and promoting muscle repair, while cannabis has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Together, they can help minimize muscle damage and speed up your recovery process.


The benefits of cold baths for muscle recovery and inflammation are undeniable. From reducing soreness and swelling to improving sleep and promoting healthy tendons, ice-cold baths can be a game-changer for your post-workout routine.

So, the next time you find yourself struggling with sore muscles or looking for ways to improve your recovery, consider giving cold baths a try.

Not only will you be investing in your physical health, but you might also discover a new and invigorating way to recharge after an intense workout.

Best of 2022 Nominees

Design Journal has nominated one of our new products for their Best of 2022 award, as well as another new product was recognized in their Hot New Product to the Trade list


Our newest addition to the Pulse line are the niches. We have a total of six different styles to choose from, and they are available in Matte Black or Stainless Steel Brushed. They are the perfect addition to any bathroom remodel. Add them to your walls for a perfect place to store anything you can imagine.

  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • 3mm shelf thickness
  • 10mm thin, sleek rectangular border
  • Ultra-thin frame designed by exclusive technology, provides an exquisite look with high quality and integrity
  • No welding required
  • Waterproof

Check out the Nomination on Design Journal here

Nirvana Shower System

The Nirvana Shower System is the first in our line to offer more than the average shower. The multi-function showerhead and the multi-function handshower offer you 10 different settings and over 30 setting combinations. The built-in body wash dispenser and built-in loofa make it easy to wash your day away with a turn of the dial. The convenient shelf allows for extra storage and the built-in diverter makes it easy to switch from the showerhead to the handshower. The Nirvana Shower System comes with a handshower mount that can be mounted at your desired location and an optional mirror that attaches to the system as well. The Nirvana Shower System connects directly to your existing shower arm upgrading your shower in minutes.

• Surface mounted & pre-plumbed
• 4.5 inch rain showerhead and handshower
• Drill-less handshower holder
• Adjust mirror along slide bar
• Multifunction showerhead and handshower
• Conveniently located lower diverter
• Adjustable soap dish/shelf
• Easily refillable soap dish dispenser with visible front window
• Conveniently located loofa

Check out the Post on Design Journal here

PULSE AquaPower Shower System by Pulse Showerspas has been nominated for Best of 2021 by Design Journal!

The design and style of the AquaPower gives your bathroom a fresh and modern look by simply replacing your showerhead. The handshower’s magnetic technology allows for easy return to the handheld holder.

  • Easy installation
  • Exclusive PULSE AquaPower Spray
  • Oversized showerhead
  • Showerhead with air infusion technology
  • 3 function handshower
  • Magnetic handshower holder
  • 180° horizontal pivoting shower arm

Finish: Brushed Nickel or Chrome


2.5 GPM


$154.70 – $216.30

Check out the post by Design Journal at https://designjournalmag.com/products/detail/1821/343206?inf_contact_key=f8d5f535e2ff66b3f249fb1bf7f4d7944dfbc39d7283b2cb89d5189540b69330

What Drives the Cost of a Bathroom Renovation

Recently, a prospective client called me and asked if we will do just a bathroom renovation. I thought that was an interesting question, since bathroom renovation is exactly one of the services we offer. As it turns out, not many design/build companies will take on only a bathroom unless it is part of a larger remodel. Contractors avoid these smaller projects because they are hard to schedule and less profitable than other remodels. Clients wonder, why is a small room like a bathroom such an investment of time and money? Let’s take a look.

What drives the cost of a bathroom renovation?
Prices across the country will vary quite a bit. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) reports that homeowners spent a mean of $32,000 renovating their bathrooms in 2019, roughly twice what they spent on redoing a guest bath (about $18,000) or a powder room (about $12,000).
Another NKBA study released at the end of 2020 revealed that the average primary bathroom spend over the past year was between $20,000 and $30,0000, with two-thirds of the finished projects showing an increase in size over the previous layout. The most popular anticipated option for layout change is to remove bathtubs to increase the size of the shower.

How many trades can you fit in one bathroom?
Not many. Bathrooms, even before social distancing, only allow one trade at a time to work no matter what the size of the room. You just can’t have subs working on top of each other. Scheduling becomes a fine balance of giving everyone time to complete their appointed tasks and keeping the job moving. Coordinating multiple trades is like choreographing a dance troupe. There are a lot of moving parts.

Building Materials and the Bathroom Renovation
The cost of most everything has skyrocketed, and building materials have not escaped price increases. Simple items like lumber have more than tripled over the last 12 months. Materials like sheet rock, windows, insulation and even the pipes have been impacted by price. Building supplies can by hard to come by, and delays inevitably happen these days.

Tile, Tubs and Everything In Between
Remember that gorgeous oversized freestanding tub with the sexy tub filler that holds a glass of wine? Is your client dreaming of indulging in lavender-infused water and a session of chromatherapy? Be prepared to allocate $5,000 for that indulgence. Luxury has its price.

The Perfect Freestanding Bathtub
Showers with multiple heads, temperature-balanced water controls, built-in benches – as well as the added benefit of steam – are all to die for. While attractive, they drive up the costs of not just the fittings themselves but also the plumbing installation costs. However, if you do specify a freestanding tub, make sure the hot water heater is large enough to accommodate the water consumption. Newer tubs with air systems can be ordered with inline heaters to keep the water at a comfortable temperature. This feature eliminates constantly adding hot water and will save your client money and frustration.

Choosing Tile
Tile materials are also available in every style and every price point. Marble and glass tiles are generally more expensive than porcelain tile and will cost more to install. Pinterest is full of tile style ideas, but those beautiful images could carry a hefty price tag. Complex patterns add drama and beauty but increase the cost of installation. Intricate designs also require more waste, because there are the extra materials needed to create those beautiful patterns and designs.
I advise my clients to create a portfolio of rooms they would love to live with. Once you have a design plan in place, you will be able to help them make informed decisions about what cabinet type is right for the bathroom renovation.

April 2, 2021
Sharon L Sherman is the founder of Thyme & Place Design, Thymeless Home Decor and Thymeless Well Being in New Jersey.

We are in the Shower Spotlight in American Home Remodeling

Shower Spotlight – Pulse Shower Systems

We’re putting the spotlight on Pulse Shower Systems because if you’re in need of an upgrade, you’ll want to know all about these Pulse shower systems!

The right shower system can improve your showering experience. A relaxing shower can have many health benefits. In fact, some informational articles even suggest that showering can decrease anxiety, increase energy, and boost confidence. Consequently, if your shower system doesn’t function properly, it could actually affect your wellbeing.

Pulse Shower Systems Inc. offers you a variety of innovative, functional and affordable products. They also pride themselves on having one of the most diverse lines of pre-plumbed shower systems on the market. Additionally, American Home Remodeling is proud to be one of their authorized dealers. Below, you will find a list of featured Pulse products that you should consider for your shower renovation.

Lanikai Pulse Shower System

Pulse Shower System includes three PowerSpray body jets, 8 inch rain showerhead, five-function handshower, slide bar, and convenient diverter location.

The Lanikai Shower System includes three PowerSpray body jets, 8 inch rain showerhead, and a five-function handshower. It also has a slide bar and convenient diverter location.

Click here to read more about the Lanikai Shower System.

Aquarius Pulse Shower System

Pulse Shower System - The design and style of the Aquarius gives your bathroom a fresh and modern look by simply replacing your showerhead. The handshower’s magnetic technology allows for easy return to the handheld holder.

The handheld has an on/off position and conveniently attaches to its holder with a magnetic technology. This shower utilizes your existing valve and has a diverter to easily switch the showerhead from the on to off position.

Click here to learn more about the Aquarius Shower System.

Oasis Pulse Shower System

Oasis Pulse Shower System - The 5-function showerhead and 6-function handshower give you the optimal spray choices to suit your every need.

Overall, the Oasis gives you optimal spray choices to suit your every needs. The convenient trickle button allows you to pause your handshower spray when needed. It can also be mounted with the included drill-less glue at your desired location.

Click here to learn more about the Oasis Shower System.

Kauai lll Pulse Shower System

The Kauai Shower System includes an 8 inch rain showerhead, five-function handshower, slide bar, soap dish, convenient lower diverter, made of brass construction and ABS fixtures.

The Kauai III Shower System also has many great features along with a convenient lower diverter. This retro-style ShowerSpa is designed to use your existing valve and easily installs in less than 20 minutes. Available in chrome, brushed nickel, or oil-rubbed bronze.

Click here to learn more about the Kauai III Shower System.

PowerShot Pulse Shower System

Pulse - The unique design and style of the PowerShot Shower System gives your bathroom a fresh and modern look by simply replacing your showerhead.

The unique design and style of the PowerShot Shower System gives your bathroom a fresh and modern look by simply replacing your showerhead. The easy 3-step drill-less installation makes it the perfect way to give your shower an upgrade.

Click here to learn more about the PowerShot Shower System.

Tropicana Pulse Shower System

The Tropicana ShowerSpa is beautiful and elegant. The brushed-nickel fixtures cpmplement the soft sea-foam tempered glass panel and brushed stainless steel body.

The Tropicana ShowerSpa is beautiful and elegant. The fixtures complement the soft sea-foam tempered glass panel as well as the brushed stainless steel body.

Click here to learn more about the Tropicana Shower System.

You will surely find an option that best meets your needs. Many of these are also available in several finishes. You will be amazed once you see any of these installed and fully functioning.

Contact us here or call (844) 824-6247 to learn more about our bathroom remodeling services.

April 9,2021

Showering daily — is it necessary?

Do you shower or bathe daily? If you do, you’re not alone.

Approximately two-thirds of Americans shower daily. In Australia it’s over 80%. But in China, about half of people report bathing only twice a week.

In the US, the daily shower tends to start around puberty and becomes lifelong. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why?

Perhaps your answer is: “because it’s healthier than showering less often.” Think again. For many — perhaps most — the daily shower is more about habit and societal norms than health. Perhaps that’s why the frequency of bathing or showering varies so much from country to country.

Are there reasons to shower every day?

Besides considering it healthier, people may choose to shower daily for a number of reasons, including:

  • concerns about body odor
  • help waking up
  • a morning routine that includes working out.

Each of these has merit, especially considering that personal or work relationships can be jeopardized by complaints about body odor or personal hygiene. But what is considered acceptable in this regard varies from culture to culture. And some (perhaps a lot) of what we do when it comes to cleaning habits is influenced heavily by marketing. Ever notice that directions on shampoo bottles often say “lather, rinse, repeat”? There is no compelling reason to wash your hair twice with each shower, but it does sell more shampoo if everyone follows these directions.

When it comes to concerns about health, however, it’s not at all clear that a daily shower accomplishes much. In fact, a daily shower may even be bad for your health.

What are the health impacts of showering (or bathing) every day?

Normal, healthy skin maintains a layer of oil and a balance of “good” bacteria and other microorganisms. Washing and scrubbing removes these, especially if the water is hot. As a result:

  • Skin may become dry, irritated, or itchy.
  • Dry, cracked skin may allow bacteria and allergens to breach the barrier skin is supposed to provide, allowing skin infections and allergic reactions to occur.
  • Antibacterial soaps can actually kill off normal bacteria. This upsets the balance of microorganisms on the skin and encourages the emergence of hardier, less friendly organisms that are more resistant to antibiotics.
  • Our immune systems need a certain amount of stimulation by normal microorganisms, dirt, and other environmental exposures in order to create protective antibodies and “immune memory.” This is one reason why some pediatricians and dermatologists recommend against daily baths for kids. Frequent baths or showers throughout a lifetime may reduce the ability of the immune system to do its job.

And there could be other reasons to lose your enthusiasm for the daily shower: some people suggest that the water with which we clean ourselves may contain salts, heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, and other chemicals. These may cause problems, too.

The case for showering less

Over cleaning your body is probably not a compelling health issue. Yes, you could be making your skin drier than it would be with less frequent showering. This is not a public health menace. However, daily showers do not improve your health, could cause skin problems or other health issues — and, importantly, they waste a lot of water. Also, the oils, perfumes, and other additives in shampoos, conditioners, and soaps may cause problems of their own, such as allergic reactions (not to mention their cost).

While there is no ideal frequency, experts suggest that showering several times per week is plenty for most people (unless you are grimy, sweaty, or have other reasons to shower more often). Short showers (lasting three or four minutes) with a focus on the armpits and groin may suffice.

If you’re like me, it may be hard to imagine skipping the daily shower. But if you’re doing it for your health, it may be a habit worth breaking.

Robert H. Shmerling, MD
Harvard Health Publishing
JUNE 26, 2019


With plenty of time and nowhere to go, I’m not sure if I should be showering constantly or not at all.

During quarantine, there are no rules. You can have a meeting with your coworkers while pantsless. You can eat a box of Cheez-Its for breakfast. You can recreate the entire theatrical production of Jesus Christ Superstar with cardboard puppets made out of said Cheez-It boxes. Basically, you don’t have to adhere to most of the usual societal norms that help convince people you’re a regular human. Showering is one of those norms. 

Right now, no one is gonna make you shower. And if you’re not exercising or going outside, you might find that you don’t need to shower as often as you might have before the coronavirus pandemic. Then again, what else is there to do? At least showering is a constructive activity that tricks us into a fleeting sense of normalcy. 

I, for one, am showering more often than usual. Not only do I have time for quick exercise videos on YouTube, but I also have time in the shower to shave my legs, exfoliate, deep condition my hair and whatever other more luxurious steps I might skip in my ordinarily utilitarian cleansing routine. Turns out showering is kind of nice when you’ve got nowhere to be! 

But that’s all just for fun. Is there any practical reasoning to determine the right number of showers to be taking right now? I’m supposed to be washing my hands more often –– does that same rule apply to my extended body?

First things first, you can’t get coronavirus if you (and those who live with you) aren’t going outside. Plain and simple. Showering is optional in that regard. If you have to leave your home, that changes things a bit. According to the World Health Organization, hot showers or baths won’t do anything to help prevent you from getting COVID-19 — there’s been some speculation that hot showers boost immunity or raise your body temperature in a way that kills bacteria, but that’s not true, so there’s no coronavirus-related need to shower before leaving the home. 

Showering when you get home, however, is a good idea. Showering with soap and water will remove the bacteria from your skin in the same way washing your hands would. The virus can only be transmitted via your eyes, nose and mouth — you won’t get sick if, say, your knee touches a surface with the virus on it. But if you touch your knee and then touch your nose, you might get sick. Regardless of whether or not you’re a pro at not touching your face, you probably just don’t want any chance of carrying the virus around, and getting all soapy will help prevent that. MIT Technology Review recommends that you rinse off after every outing, and ditto for your kids. They also recommend washing your clothes or leaving coats and shoes out in the sun after every outing, too. 

But what about showering for other aspects of your health? Showering too often, especially with strong soaps and hot water, can dry out your skin. Not only can dry skin be painful and itchy, it can also trigger flare-ups of skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema. Not showering enough can have similar effects and lead to ailments like dermatitis neglecta, caused by a buildup of dead skin cells. This typically takes more than a week of not bathing, though. It’s ultimately up to you (and perhaps those you share space with) how often you should shower to keep your skin comfortable — this is usually somewhere between once a day to two or three times a week. It’s really a matter of preference and how active you are: If you feel the need to shower multiple times a day, that’s on you. The more often you shower, though, the shorter and less hot they should be for the sake of your skin. 

But if there were ever a time to experiment with getting that water bill down, it’s now. You might even find that your hair and skin look better with fewer showers. Remember, no one can smell you through a webcam.

By Danielle Dresden

PULSE at KBIS 2020

PULSE ShowerSpas will be at KBIS 2020. The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design. With the expansive show floor filled with the freshest designs from over 600 leading brands, it is a one-stop shop providing attendees and exhibitors the ultimate destination to network, exchange ideas and build their businesses.

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada
When: January 21-23, 2020
Booth #SL3420

Check out the show’s page: https://www.kbis.com